Game of Thrones roared at the Emmys one last time.
The HBO fantasy sensation has won the award for Outstanding Drama Series for its eighth and final season.
The win means GoT now ties the category’s all-time record for the most best drama wins — four — along with Mad Men, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, and The West Wing. GoT is among the rare dramas nominated in this category every year it was on the air.
“These last 10 years have been the best years of our lives, I can’t believe we did it, we shall never see it’s like again” showrunner David Benioff said and, noting how famously grueling the production was, noted of the show’s cast and crew: “It’s amazing you are all still alive.”
“Thank all of our lovely and amazing cast you make everything we write better,” added showrunner Dan Weiss. “We love you and loved every minute we have spent with all of you.”
Thrones was already the big winner going into the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards, having received a record 32 nominations and having won 10 Emmys at last week’s Creative Arts ceremony for categories like Music Composition and Visual Effects. All told, the show won 12 Emmys, the most of any program this year.
In addition to the top series prize, a whopping 10 actors from the show were nominated in performance categories as well, including every one of the show’s leads. Peter Dinklage won best supporting actor for the fourth time for the series, but other actors from the show did not take home trophies from their respective categories.
GoT helped keep HBO on top as the most awarded network, along with honors for limited series Chernobyl, drama Succession, comedy Barry and late-night series Last Week Tonight. HBO had a total of 34 wins this year, besting Netflix’s 27.
GoT fought off seven other contenders for the best drama crown: BBC America’s Killing Eve, Netflix’s Ozark, AMC’s Better Call Saul, NBC’s This Is Us, FX’s Pose, Netflix’s Bodyguard, and HBO’s Succession.
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